What the hell should I wear: looking well put together on a
July 26, 2011 3:41 PM Subscribe
Let's say I have $500-$700 to spend on a work week's worth of clothing. And let's say I want to look good — sharp, competent, grown up and well put together, not just vaguely "professional" or dress-code-compliant in a Wal-Mart-khakhis-and-a-polyester-shirt sort of way. (In fact, I have no dress code at all, and I'm totally willing to sacrifice ostensible "dressiness" in the interest of looking sharp and grown up and etcetera.) What should I buy?
- I have the shopping skills of an eight-year-old. If you just tell me e.g. "Go to Banana Republic," I will come home all excited with seventeen pairs of suspenders and a pajama shirt. Please be specific.
- Repetitive is great, as long as I'm repeating an outfit that works. I secretly fantasize about calling up a clothing shop and being asked "Your regular order, sir?"
- Tall, skinny, pale skin, red hair, trimmed beard. Did I mention skinny? Department store sport shirts tend to billow out unpleasantly. Fitted shirts, especially "athletic cut" or whatever their euphemism for "skinny" is, tend to be okay.
- General frugal-living tips ("Sometimes clothing goes on sale!" "You should buy things that match other things that you also buy!") are okay but not really what I'm looking for. OTOH, "Go to this store and buy this many of this shirt when they have this annual sale" is fine.